Winter Wildlife: How to Attract Wildlife during the Winter Months


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The winter months can make your backyard feel a little sparse. Luckily, it’s easy to liven up your outdoor living space with these lush plants and by trying out of some of these tips.

Provide Food Sources

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Animals are constantly seeking out new food, especially in the winter months. Therefore, adding specific food sources to your yard will draw out different animals.

Do:

  • Use native plants when adding food sources to your yard for best results.
  • Use nuts and berries to attract squirrels, or hang corncobs from trees.
  • Use clover and carrots to attract rabbits.
  • Attract deer with wax myrtle, blackberry, and spicebush.
  • Draw in butterflies and bees with yellow, orange, pink, and purple flowers.

Don’t:

  • Leave out kitchen scraps or pungent meats, as these will attract rats and skunks.
  • Use pesticides or chemicals that could harm the animals.
  • Leave your trash uncovered.
  • Leave out hot, peppery-flavored seeds or plants.

Create Shelter

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Creating dense, secure shelters helps animals avoid the elements and feel safe. If animals determine your yard is a safe place, they’re more likely to stay around.

Do:

  • Use evergreens and dense shrubs to create shelter.
  • Consider leaving brush piles in secluded areas for birds and rabbits.

Don’t

  • Remove shelter areas without first examining for signs of life.
  • Let your domestic animals explore these spaces.

Offer Water

Water is essential to all life. Providing a clean, freshwater source will help animals feel like it’s okay to stick around your yard, and will help animals of all shapes and sizes thrive.

Do:

  • Use water features.
  • Place water features near shelter spaces when possible.
  • Add water plants for fish coverage

Don’t:

  • Let the water go stagnant.
  • Add salt licks or other attractors near water.
  • Allow animals to drink out of pools, hot tubs, or other recreational water sources.

See, it’s simple really! These easy tips will make your outdoor living space a flourishing and beautiful environment all-year round. And the best part: you’ll be helping your local ecosystem sustain itself.